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Monday, May 30, 2005

Summer's Here!

"No more classes, no more books, no more teachers dirty looks. Summertime! Summertime!"
-Bugs Bunny

I love summer. There is something so innocent about watching a kid try to fly his kite even if his short legs cannot propel enough speed to make the thing stay in the air. But that didn't matter. He was happy dragging the toy behind him with his sister not far behind him. And for the second it is up in the air, both children were mesmerized.

Hurrah for summer!

However, there is something strange about American culture marking the first day of summer with Memorial Day.

Borrowing a moron from Jaywalking, some Americans think that Memorial Day is the official day to start barbecuing.

Do they even know what Memorial Day commemorates?

Memorial Day (once known as Decoration Day) commemorates all those who have died in our nation's service. Now, as the Jaywalker just pointed out, is the day we can all "start barbecuing" and "wear bathing suits and open pools".

Again, quoting Bugs Bunny, "What a maroon."

For all those that commemorated Memorial Day, thank you. The men and women that have given up their lives for this country are thankful.

And now for something lighter, I hope you all enjoy the barbecue weather, the skinny minnies that parade the shores, the hunks that think they're all that and a bag of chips, the kids that yell and splash around the swimming pool while you're trying to get a tan.

Just make sure you apply that sunscreen on and drink a ton of water.

Now, have fun and be a kid again!

1 comment:

Katherine said...

So true!

The mall complex that I work in was part of a national 'moment of silence' for the soldiers who have given their lives so that we could BBQ and parade around in teeny weeny itsy bitsy little polka dot bikinis and do you know what happened?


Most people continued to shop, as if nothing was happening. I'm sorry, but I don't understand why we can't take one lousy minute out of our shopping time to stop and honor someone who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that they coud stand there and buy that stupid polo shirt.

People obviously don't give a damn.

What a great day to be an American, huh?